- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I regret Joseph Curl’s article on Jeb Bush and the launching of the National Council for a New America (“GOP listens in drive to thrive,” Page 1, Sunday).

In the first sentence, Mr. Curl states: “Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Saturday that it’s time for the Republican Party to give up its ‘nostalgia’ for the heyday of the Reagan era and look forward, even if it means stealing the winning strategy deployed by Democrats in the 2008 election.” That is a total fabrication of what Mr. Bush actually said. Mr. Curl twisted his words in such a way as to make it look as if he was critical of President Reagan. This was an unwarranted jab at Mr. Bush, and I think The Washington Times owes him an apology.

I was present at the event in Arlington, and nothing could be further from the truth. Mr. Bush never mentioned the name of Ronald Reagan - much less say that it was time to leave [Mr.] Reagan behind. I have heard Jeb Bush speak many times, and I have heard his effusive praise for the former president.

All conservatives should be proud to have a Republican of Jeb Bush’s caliber.

DEBORAH DEMOSS FONSECA

Springfield

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